Research from the University of Kansas shows that Bisphenol-A (BPA), which is found in some plastics, may be a trigger for migraines. Researchers tested this hypothesis with rats; half of the rats were given BPA once a day, every three days. Within 30 minutes of exposure, the rats showed symptoms of a migraine, including signals of an influx of estrogen. They also became less active, avoided loud noise and strong light, were easily startled, and showed signs of tenderness to their heads. Previous research has shown that BPA mimics estrogen when ingested. Also many medical professionals surmise that a sudden change in estrogen is a trigger for migraines.

Migraines are an extremely debilitating collection of neurological symptoms and are ranked in the top 20 of the world’s most disabling medical illnesses. About 10% of the U.S. population suffer from migraines, which are characterized as severe recurring intense throbbing pain on one side of the head accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms: visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch, and smell, and a tingling or numbness in the extremities or face.

As the report states, “these findings combined with our results suggest that a clinical trial to decrease BPA exposure and levels in migraine sufferers may reduce headache frequency and/or severity.” The study’s authors recommend migraine sufferers to avoid potential sources of contamination including plastic microwave trays, plastic single serve water bottles and 5-gallon office water coolers.

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, American employers lose more than $13 billion each year as a result of 113 million lost work days due to an employee with a migraine. Why not increase production by switching to a bottleless water cooler?